Hernan Bas: Cambridge Living

6 Sep 2017 – 21 Oct 2017

Victoria Miro Mayfair

London, United Kingdom


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New paintings by Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas are inspired by the lore and romanticism of life at Cambridge.


Following a period of research while in residence at Jesus College Cambridge in 2016, Bas has developed new subject matter including the famed ‘Night Climbers of Cambridge’, a group of students whose nocturnal ascents of the ancient buildings of the university and town, taking photographs while trying to avoid detection, gained them a cult following during the early decades of the twentieth century. The notoriety of this thrill-seeking fraternity was cemented when an eponymous book, written under the pseudonym Whipplesnaith, was published by Chatto and Windus in 1937, featuring photographs of members perched atop steeples and squeezed between pillars without climbing ropes and often dressed in dapper evening attire.

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Hernan Bas


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